One of the best places in your house to store some of your essential items is the bathroom. Admit it – you want to place much of your stuff in the bathroom for convenience, especially when you need to get ready for a new day. However, health and safety should still be part of the criteria that you have when it comes to placing your things inside your home – this includes what you put inside your bathroom.
It has been known that the bathroom is likely to suffer from condensation more than any other room in your house. This is due to the high amount of moisture produced when you take a bath. Consequently, moisture causes the growth of bacteria and mold in a particular place. Therefore, keeping your essential items anywhere your home, apart from your bathroom, maybe a better idea.
Furthermore, when considering where to place your essential items, you must take into consideration the temperature, moisture level, and humidity level of the room for you not to compromise the effectiveness, quality, and expiry date of a product or item. Here are seven essential things that you should not keep in your bathroom.
As mentioned, fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels are not suitable for some items to be stored in a bathroom — this includes medicines, make-ups, and fragrances. According to studies, medicine and make-ups may expire and degrade faster than its expiry date due to moisture, heat, and humidity. Subsequently, perfumes do not respond well with heat; thus, storing it in the bathroom where heat is produced by bath steam, may increase the speed of the oxidation process – spoiling the perfume before you use it all. Hence, storing it in the bedroom may be a safer option.
Another set of items not suitable for storing in the bathroom is your jewelry and electronics, especially the non-waterproof one. Due to the moisture in the bathroom, metal compositions of some jewelry may degrade faster – causing the item to rust and tarnish. Whether your jewelry is silver, plated, or costume made with other metals, it inevitably degrades faster in warm, moist places; hence, it is best to store your jewelry in a dry, closed jewelry box to keep it safe from steam and corrosion. On the other hand, sensitive components of electronics may react to moisture when placed inside the bathroom. So, it is best not to put electronic items in the room, or you may choose to invest in a waterproof gadget that is made entirely for the bathroom.
Some of the items that are not suitable to be stored in the bathroom are towels, books, and magazines. As bacteria and mold grow in warm and moist places, one possible place to find it is in a bathroom where there are items they can grow in, such as paper and fabric. Thus, storing items made of paper such as books and magazines, and fabric such as towels or even clothes in the bathroom may cause you more harm than good. However, if you are used to having your reading materials and towels inside your bathroom for convenience, you may opt to place them on a shelf or cabinet outside your bathroom door.
Ideally, storing items in your home should be based on their compositions and should not be based on convenience for you to maximize the products and not compromise their quality. Also, it is better to remember that heat, humidity, and moisture affect not only your bathroom but also its items.
Accordingly, this infographic of DURACARE Baths shows a list of a few items that you might not want to store in your bathroom for your health and safety.